0-248 mph in 11 Seconds: Toroidion's record-breaking full electric Megawatt Beast
The megawatt threshold has been breached: a sports car with 1,000 kW (1,359 HP) electrical motor power waits in the wings. Will it live up to its designers expectations?
The Toroidion 1 MW concept car carries its claim to fame in its name: Its driver will command the full power of 1,000 kW. Equalling 1,359 HP, the Toroidion is playing in the majors, since only such exalted sports cars as the Bugatti Veyron and some of the more exclusive models by Koenigsegg are actually sporting more than 1,000 HP.
Among the latter, the Regera has to be mentioned. With 1,500 HP it is even better equipped, than the Torodion. But it is a hybrid, drawing most of its performance from an old fashiond combustion engine, while the electric motor has more of a supporting function. The same is true for most of the other current “hypercars“, like the Porsche 918 and the Ferrari LaFerrari.
The Toroidion 1MW Concept on the other hand is a pure blooded electric car. No combustion engine whatsoever. Therefore it is a great example of just how powerful electric cars can be and will be in the future: Every single wheel has its own electric engine, promising not only raw power but also great driving characteristics. No veering off with too many horses only driving the back wheels. And what about the acceleration? Toroidion is still keeping a low profile on that score. But so much has been revealed: The rear wheels of are providing 300 kW each, the front ones 200 kW. While the weight of the Toroidion remains to be revealed, it is already clear that the car and its battery are light-weight designs.
Long gone are the times when electric cars weren’t much more than pondering, awkward crosses between a scooter and tortoise. Today, electric cars know how to sprint as recently proven by Teslas high end model P85D. It accelerates from 0 kph to 100 in 3.3 seconds. Not bad for a classical limousine with “just“ 700 HP. Among the old fashion combustion engine cars one needs to get one’s hands on a Porsche Turbo S to get that kind of acceleration. With almost double the P85D’s horsepower – and being a sports car- the Toroidion might just make headlines soon.
Hand crafted in Finland
Even so the Toroidion is an electric car, the drive doesn’t have to miss out on that roaring sound that makes driving a powerful car so much fun. At least according to its designer Pasi Pennanen, the 1MW Concept’s sound will be between that of a racing car and an airplane engine.
Pennanen is the leading head behind the Megawatt Monster and also the first Finnish designer to have studied at the renowned Royal College of Art in London. In addition to his work for the Torodion Pasi Pennanen is heading his own company with which he has been creating design concepts for the automotive industry for the last 12 years. After his stays in London and Tokyo, he now is living in his hometown of Tammisaari in Finnland which besides Kimi Räikkönen has not been famous for anything car related. But that might now change and the country, currently best known across Europe for its great educational system, will carve out a second star breaking records on the tarmac with Toroidion. Currently, the company has 15 employees and the 1MW Concept project is self-financed and hand crafted.
Design or performance?
These days, the name Pennanen is normally associated with design, but not with performance. And with no data on the performance of the megawatt mega car, a superficial look might lead to doubt. Personal taste aside one has to mention that Pennanen has created a harmonic synthesis of the most beautiful designs by Honda and Jaguar, for both of whom he used to work. But the high set rear mirrors just are, well, let´s say "a little special".
But the aforementioned doubt creeps in when observing, that the 1MW Concept Car is lacking in all those gadgets that are improving driving performance: spoilers, diffusers and the like, while normal hypercars seem to be built from nothing but those.
Chasing records with tumblers
The almost obligatory gullwing doors however are there and a glance in to the cockpit helps re-establishing ones faith in the designers’ seriousness: no touch displays or entertainment electronics, but simple tumblers. That’s the kind of minimalism that should accompany the chase after a record.
Starting the production, a miniseries of 100 is planned, each of which will cost a seven digit sum. To get potential buyers to spend that kind of money, the to be revealed performance data should contain quite some superlatives.